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Summary

The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is a single-player, medieval-low-fantasy RPG being developed by Epoch Games, utilizing Epic Game's Unreal Engine 4, for Windows PCs. The game will feature an expansive, living world that will evolve and grow by itself, instead of revolving around the player’s actions.
The game is currently planned to be released Chapter by Chapter, with each bringing new regional content and gameplay features.






The World of Althas

As old orders crumble and new powers rise, it is time for you to forge your destiny.

Ever since it's early history, Althas has been a land shaken by conflicts. In the early days, these conflicts pitted the Anointed Kingdoms of Men against dark and demonic forces that threatened them. However, with the passage of time, the world has changed: the Anointed order is eroding away and new powers are rising. Another war looms on the horizon, a war of personal and political motivation. Thenodar, a burgeoning new kingdom in the North, and Anorthile, one of the last of the three remaining Anointed Kingdoms, now prepare for a war that will shake all of Althas. Old demons and new enemies gather in the shadows of both lands as each sets their sights on the ruined wilderness known as the Feralands.

Gameplay Mechanics

There are many features we aim for in The Lays of Althas: SO. The game is in the early stages of development, so many of the features listed below are subject to change:

  • Open World: Adventure on the continent of Althas. A large, open-world awaits the player with full freedom to explore. Regions will be released via Chapters.

  • Deep Lore: The world of Althas has a rich history which is represented throughout the game. Interact with environments, NPCs, and as well as read through in-game books to learn more.

  • Dynamic and Active World: Instead of a world that revolves around the player, we are creating a world where the player must learn to revolve around it. This approach will allow for date-based events to occur in Althas, even if you aren’t around to see them.

  • Adaptive Skill-based Combat: The game aims for a skill-based, first-person, system. Giving the player full control over melee swings and stabs, as well as engaging ranged combat and stealth.

  • Magic: Magic is a rare ability that the player will have to work hard to unlock in the Sundered Order period of Althas. When utilized correctly, it possesses a myriad of usages that can be extremely beneficial.

  • Dynamic factions and wars: Factions will make decisions and go to war with each other. Battles happen dynamically, according to the timeline and based on causes-and-effects within the game.

  • Multiple forms of transport: Ridable animals and vehicles will provide faster travel, an advantage in combat, as well as benefits for transporting goods.

Epoch Games

The Lays of Althas: Sundered Order is being developed by Epoch Games, an all-volunteer group from all across the world. We are dedicated to making this game as great as possible, and to make Althas a truly epic RPG experience. Being volunteers, we’re doing this for free - our motivation comes from our desire to create great games. Members of Epoch Games hail from all over the world; we are an international group, with members from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, all working together online to bring you the best game experience we can. Visit our DB page.

For more news and discussion, please visit our official forums. If you're interested in joining the Epoch Games team, please post a thread in our Applications subforum. Can't contribute the time required for such a position? We are also allowing fans to help us in the game's development: you can become a contributor by going to the Public Claims subforum and claiming an open assignment. No help is too small!

    
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7 comments by names_are_useless on Sep 28th, 2014

Meet the Team: 3D Modelers


Apologies for the long silence, we've been busy.

To make up for it, how about another installment of "Meet the ____", a segment where we introduce a group of members from our team. Today you'll be meeting our very talented 3D Modelers. They would also like to show off some of their wicked skills:

Kevin Eriksen

"Hello, my name is Kevin and as you might have guessed I am one of Epoch Games' 3D artists. Sofar I've been tasked with creating clutter and weapons for Althas, and It has been no short of ablast. I'm hoping that previous, current and future work will please the community and help form the beautiful game and world that is Althas!"

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- Wooden Utensils and Bowls

Florian Brühl

"Hey guys! My name is Florian aka BlownKapz.I'm the 3D Overseer here at Epoch Games, so in addition to the usual 3D Artist tasks I take care of applications and organizational things.I am entirely committed to and equally fascinated by this world and game that we are creating, and I have already learnt a lot of things while being on this project - be it about 3D Art or generally working with a team. Being a part of this team, bound together by the idea to make a game that we love, is a great experience so far, and I am certain that it will only get better from here on."

Indie DB
- Smith's Hammer

Justin Dewey

"Hi all my name is Justin Dewey, I'm a 3d artist on the Epoch modeling team. My passion when creating 3d art is to give my work the most in depth, and memorable experience possible, and I hope to bring just that to the Althas game."

Indie DB
- Wulfas Warrior Helm

Maarten van Oostveen

"Hey, my name is Maarten, and i focus on the environment in the game. As an environment artist I create a variety of things ranging from plants , trees and rocks to buildings and interior assets such as tables, bed etc etc. I've made it my personal goal to make althas a great and interesting place to be and to give it the immersion it deserves and hopefully make the game just as fun to play as it is to make."

Indie DB
- Thenodar Village Guardhouse

This should hopefully be the start of a new slew of regular updates for the near future, so please stay tuned!


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ElfFriend
ElfFriend Oct 21 2014, 9:04pm says:

Pretty sure all of you would like this if you don't already have UE4 and want it: Linustechtips.com 

Also I'm posting the LTT link since it contains more info as well as people saying it works in case you guys don't trust me. I found out about this on Sunday from Linustechtips.com which was a repost of the original (which I also linked to since reposts tend to get deleted fairly regularly) and after filling everything out (I was quite sick then so it wasn't the most pleasant experience) I checked the email I used for that today and I had been given access to the package which contains UE4 among other things.

Hope it works perfectly for all of you that decide to try this and I know that Epic has something similar going on but theirs seems a lot more of a hassle.

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BlownKapz
BlownKapz Oct 22 2014, 2:10pm replied:

that actually IS the thing Epic does, it's the official way to get the educational license. ;)

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ElfFriend
ElfFriend Oct 22 2014, 6:28pm replied:

Umm no. Epic doesn't have my school as an official academic partner (the ones the have are viewable here: Unrealengine.com ) while GitHub gave me access to UE4 and a bunch of other stuff. Also I never stated it's an unofficial way to get UE4 and if I did then idk what I was thinking. The method I used is not directly done through Epic which is why I said "I know that Epic has something similar going on but theirs seems a lot more of a hassle." Yes they endorse it but it's not managed by Epic directly.

TLDR: What I used is GitHub's system and not Epic's despite Epic endorsing it.

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BlownKapz
BlownKapz Oct 22 2014, 7:11pm replied:

We merely misunderstood each other :P
Since you said that there is another way which is more of a hassle directly through Epic I was under the impression you thought that both Epic and Github give out those student licenses, when in fact the only way to get one is through the github program. I didnt know you were referring to the academic partner program. :)

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lnsanity
lnsanity Oct 20 2014, 11:09pm replied:

That might be something to consider, but for now, let's focus on getting our first project through the door, first! Anyway, Kapz is correct - there was never any centralized government, and the main conflict is between only two nations instead of a bunch of different states.

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lnsanity
lnsanity Oct 22 2014, 8:33am replied:

We'll keep your suggestion in mind - but no promises!

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ElfFriend
ElfFriend Oct 21 2014, 12:30am replied:

A centralized government sort of seems more boring than what you guys have planed where it was basically an alliance of 7 Anointed Kingdoms which as a result of their conflict fell into ruin. What I really like about several kingdoms is the possibility for different types of architecture displayed in what remains of them. That was one of the things I was super excited for with MERP. That you could tell based on the architecture where in Middle Earth you were and I hope you guys are striving for a similar feel with LoA.

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lnsanity
lnsanity Oct 22 2014, 8:32am replied:

We're glad you like it! It'll be interesting to have a mix of cultures and traditions.

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Jul 23 2014, 6:05am

In today's news: Althas is Upgrading Engines! See more: T.co

Jun 15 2014, 7:48pm

Today we continue our Meet the Team series with part 2 of Meet the Concept Artists. Accompanied by 3 great pieces T.co

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As silence shall not endure, desire for new updates can thereby be extinguished, for now.. T.co Meet the Team: Concept Art

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We're finally back with a new Lore post and plenty of concept art. More soon. ^MEB First Look: The Temple and Academy T.co

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